when belief is key
doors don’t close forever
no matter how high
St. Peter’s Basilica’s Northern entrance door (its back shown above) designed by Vico Consorti was installed on Christmas Eve 1950 to replace previous centuries-old wooden doors (circa. 1748). The door known as The Holy Door comprises 16 rectangle bronze panels depicting Old and New Testament stories.
Trivia: St Peter’s Basilica’s Holy Door (also called “The Door of Great Pardon”) towers 3.63m (almost 12 feet) high with elaborate sculptures, and a lavish Baroque-style marbled tympanum. Among its many claims to fame, St. Peter’s Basilica is the home of the highest dome in the world in the world’s largest church interior.
Sealed by concrete bricks The Holy Door was traditionally opened once every 25 years. That tradition was broken in 2015 when Pope Francis ordered The Holy door opened fifteen years after its previous opening in 2000.
The Front side of The Holy Door opened in 2015, with a sliver of daylight streaming in below:
Closeup of one of the bronze panels of The Holy Door below:
Written for #ThursdayDoors – Dan Antion – No facilities